"The Child" was the 26th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the premiere episode of the show's second season, first aired on 21 November 1988. The episode was written by Jaron Summers, Jon Povill, and Maurice Hurley, and directed by Rob Bowman.


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BoliskaWesley CrusherDaneekaDataHester DealtDiana GiddingsGladstoneGuinanGeordi La ForgeMartinezMiles O'BrienAlfonse PacelliJean-Luc PicardKatherine PulaskiWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiIan Andrew Troi IIDarien WallaceWorf, son of Moghunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) personnel and residents (USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) personnel)
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Rob BowmanMaurice HurleySusan NuressJon PovillJaron SummersIan Andrew TroiLwaxana Troi

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Galaxy-class explorer) • D'Alison (type-7 shuttlecraft) • USS Repulse (Excelsior-class cruiser)
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USS Stargazer (Constellation-class cruiser) • NCC-7100


'aucdet IX ('aucdet star system, the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrant) • Science Station Tango Sierra (Rachelis star system, the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrant)
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ArnebEarth (Sol, sector 001, Alpha Quadrant) • Epsilon IndiOby VI (Oby) • Alvacorn MajorNova KronDenkir IV (Denkir system) • Lorenze ClusterMorgana QuadrantPrometheus

Shipboard localesEdit

USS Enterprise-D 
bridgetransporter room (#3) • ten-forwardcargo baycorridorquarters (Troi's) • sickbayshuttlebay (#3) • ship's school

Races and culturesEdit

AndroidBetazoidEl-AurianHumanKlingonThe Whole

Technology and weaponsEdit

communicatorbiobedintercomcombadgetricordersensorsstarshipviewscreentransporterphasercontainment modulemicroscopesubspace phase inverter

Materials and substancesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

FederationStarfleetStarfleet Medical

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercounselordoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2350s-2360s)first officerlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior grademedical practitioneroperations managerflight controllerofficerscientistsecond officersecurity chiefweapons officertactical officeracting ensignmedical trustee

Other referencesEdit

Eichner radiationanatomybeamingbootcaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise-Dclothinggovernmenthumanoidjumpsuitlanguagelifeformlog entrymatternation-stateorbitpantsplanetquadrantraces and culturesrankspacestarstar systemstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2350s-2366)technologytitleuniformuniverseweaponabortionDelovian souffledogslangbeaveretiologyfetusHutzel infectionLegato infectionlitterMareuvian teaThe Merchant of Venicemutationnectarnumber onenurseryplasma plaguerapevaccinesaucer separationstandard orbittrimester


stardate 42073.1, 2365 (2360s chronology, Enterprise-D voyages
Rendezvous of Enterprise and Repulse.


Related storiesEdit




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